It started as an academic requirement in graduate school, but as days, weeks and months passed, passion started to build up that later on gave birth to an advocacy – to let more and more people know the rich historical and cultural values, and the experiences of the so-called “boat people” who were temporarily housed at the Philippine Refugee Processing Center in Morong, Bataan. Nowadays, that sprawling complex has been turned into a technology park.
Ms. Danica Lolita C. Tigas, Tourism Operations Officer of the Bataan Tourism Office worked on a paper entitled ”Enhancing the Cultural Experience at the Former Philippine Refugee Processing Center in Morong, Bataan”, as part of the academic requirements for her master’s degree at the Centro Escolar University.
With the endorsement of Governor Albert Garcia, the Bataan Tourism Office submitted said paper as its official entry in the 20th ATOP-DOT Best Tourism Practices of the Philippines Awards and eventually won 2nd runner up, Best Tourism Research, during the awarding ceremonies held at Paoay Church in Ilocos Norte last October 4.
Launched in 2005, the Association of Tourism Officers of the Philippines (ATOP) – Department of Tourism (DOT) Best Tourism Practices of the Philippines Awards was established to recognize exceptional tourism practices in the country.
In her FB account, Ms. Tigas expressed her gratitude to her family, friends and mentors at the Bataan Tourism Office for their all-out support and encouragement.